Once you have completed your Service Year, whether you are a student or a mentor or a parent, you are a Youthlinc alum! Our alums are our greatest volunteer resource to us – allowing Youthlinc to do so much with so little overhead.
Our alums are also an invaluable resource to their communities.
We are proud that, in our alum surveys, up to 90% of our alums continue to serve regularly in their communities. Only between 5-20% of incoming students volunteer regularly. That’s a huge jump in young people realizing they have the responsibility and the leadership ability to make a difference for others. Those results are why we can unabashedly say that this program works to create lifetime humanitarians.
We are also proud that so many of our alumni go into service professions. They attribute these choices to the mentors who guide our students in our monthly planning meetings and work alongside them at our international sites. These selfless individuals are role models of service.
We also want to thank the parents of our alums, who volunteer in our office, help with our Annual Benefit, and continue to sponsor students into the Service Year – paying it forward by making the Service Year possible for others who may not be able to afford the costs of international service travel. We have heard so many parents say that the service ethic, developed through Youthlinc, spread through their family. Service has become a family tradition for so many Youthlinc alums.
Our alums – students, mentors, parents – are the immutable evidence that the effect of Youthlinc is exponential, the service ethic ripple starts in each person and spreads all over this state, this nation, and this world.
Volunteer in the office
- We need help on all tasks, from office work, to updating the Local Service Directory, to helping promote our Young Humanitarian Award.
Serve as an Assistant Team Leader or apply to be an Alum Leader
- All student Service Year alums are eligible. You can apply even if you went years and years before or if you just came back from your Youthlinc international service.
- Assistant Team Leaders receive a sponsorship. Alum leaders help with specific team committees. You must apply in August.
Serve as a Real Life Intern
- In August each year, Youthlinc accepts applications for Real Life Interns who work with our Real Life Program Director to plan curriculum and trainings, oversee lesson planning and supervise classroom management at one of our after school sites in South Salt Lake. Real Life is our peer mentoring program with a life and social skills, financial literacy, health and hygiene, job/career/college prep, and cultural exchange curriculum.
Participate as a Mentor or Team Leader
- We need professionals every year to mentor students to take on leadership roles in our Service Year.
- We generally accept mentors August – October each year. Alums who are college graduates make great mentors!
Become a Legacy Sponsor, invest in a young humanitarian, receive Sustaining Member benefits
- Pay it forward, and invest in the humanitarianism of a young person. Sustaining Members receive benefits from reduced trip costs to completely free trips.
Fundraise or donate project funds
- Youthlinc teams are always in need of funds to build schools, medical clinics, libraries. Our international sites need medical and vocational training equipment, school and medical supplies, hygiene kits and shoes.
- Family foundations, schools, businesses, church groups can help with these fund and item drives.